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Brrr…it’s chilly out there. But don’t let that stop you from getting out and enjoying the best things to do in Düsseldorf this winter!
Whether you’re looking to avoid the cold or embrace it, this list of indoor and outdoor activities should help keep you entertained, even on the coldest of days.
Things to Do in Düsseldorf This Winter:
Enjoy the View
Take an elevator up 168 meters (551 feet) for amazing panoramic views of the city from the observation deck at the Rheinturm. We suggest going up around sunset for the best experience. After you’ve soaked up the view for a while, enjoy dinner at QOMO, the stylish new revolving restaurant with 360 degree views.
Where: Rheinturm, Media Harbour
Explore the Great…Indoors
Miss the green trees and warm colors of summer? Head to the Botanical Garden at Heinrich Heine University to explore the greenhouses and the iconic 60 foot tall geodesic dome, home to exotic plants from around the world. The buildings are enclosed and protected from the elements. Entry is free.
Where: Universitätsstraße 1, Düsseldorf-Bilk (Campus of Heinrich Heine University)
Sit by the Fire
Let stress melt away at Momentum Spa, home to a cosy fireplace room, salt water swimming pool, saunas and more.
Where: Am Bonneshof 30a, Düssledorf-Golzheim
Hyatt Regency Lounge
Take a stroll around the Media Harbour, then order a drink and sit fireside at the lounge inside Hyatt Regency Düsseldorf. It might be freezing cold outside, but in here it’s nice and warm. If you’re hungry, the hotel is one of the few places in Düsseldorf that offers fondue.
Where: Speditionstraße 19, Media Harbour
Spas, Saunas & Swimming
Indoor Swimming & Saunas
Swimming in the winter is no problem thanks to the many indoor swimming halls in Düsseldorf. From the action oriented Düsselstrand waterpark to the more relaxed Münster Therme bath, there’s a location for everyone. In addition, many offer other services such as saunas and massages.
Where: Multiple locations
A beautiful new Balinese-themed wellness complex featuring an indoor swimming pool, saunas, massage services and much more.
Where: Schalbruch 210, Düsseldorf at Elbsee (Lake Elb)
The Best Workshops & Courses
From sushi making and improv comedy to brewery tours, there are a ton of great workshops and courses available in Düsseldorf. Read more…
Go Where There’s Snow
Hit the snowy slopes at Alpenpark Neuss, the first indoor ski hall in Germany. Just minutes from Düsseldorf, it’s open year-round and features trails for beginner through advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Where: An der Skihalle 1, 41472 Neuss
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Lace up your skates and hit the ice at Eisstadion Brehmstraße (Brehmstraße 27 near Zoopark) or the Düsseldorfer Eissporthalle (Paulsmühlenstraße 6, Düsseldorf-Benrath).
Experience Japanese Culture
Kick off your shoes and learn about Japanese culture with a self guided tour of the traditional Japanese house and temple at EKŌ-Haus. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported half a world away.
Where: Brüggener Weg 6, Niederkassel
Indoor mini golf with a twist – at Glowing Rooms the course is illuminated by blacklight and players are provided special 3-D glasses to make things more challenging.
Where: Kettwiger Straße 6, Flingern
Try Virtual Reality
Experience the wonders of Virtual Reality at Holo Cafe. Sessions are inexpensive and there are games for everyone – from beginners to serious gamers.
Where: Am Wehrhahn 41, City Center
Experience New Events
Keep an eye on our monthly top event guides for tips on local concerts, comedy shows, indoor markets, theater and more.
Hang Out at a Hip Hotel
A hotel bar may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning a night out, but these cool new boutique hotels are likely to change that:
The Bar at Max Brown Midtown
The bar inside the new Max Brown Midtown Hotel (pictured above) is a great place to unwind, thanks to its stylish blend of retro and modern design. It’s unlike anything else in the city, and well worth a visit. Where: Kreuzstraße 19A
This modern, Japanese inspired spot on the 11th floor of the hotel features a sweeping view of Düsseldorf city center and it plays host to live music and special events.
Where: Immermannstraße 23
The Paris Club at 25hours Hotel Das Tour
Have a drink and enjoy spectacular views at this beautiful new Parisian themed bar perched atop the stylish new 25hours Hotel Das Tour.
Where: Louis-Pasteur-Platz 1
Take a tour of the historic Schmittmann Distillery in Düsseldorf-Niederkassel. It dates back to 1818 and produces high quality spirits such as gin and hazelnut liquor. Where: Niederkasseler Straße 106, Niederkassel
Break a Sweat
Escape the cold weather and burn some calories while you’re at it. Try hot yoga at Bikram Yoga (Moltkestraße 84, Derendorf) or get competitive at Cosmo Sports, a 21,000 square meter indoor sports complex that has everything from indoor tennis to billiards and badminton. This location is also home to MOVE Kletterhalle – an excellent climbing hall that has activities for everyone from beginners to experts. Where: Diepenstraße 83, Gerreshheim
Visit Some Museums – for Free
Many of the museums in Düsseldorf offer free admission on select days and/or the last hour of their operating day. Here’s our list.
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